Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan is freezing cold in the long winter months.
No one knows this better than the people with out a home. Homelessness in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, is rampant.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, homelessness became a major issue for the city. People left their homes in rural areas and moved to the city in search of jobs. When they arrived in Bishkek, many discovered that there weren't enough jobs to go around and ended up on the streets. Substance abuse also plays a large role in the homeless community.
The constant below-freezing temperatures in winter make being homeless deadly. People often live in the sewer ststem in attempt to stay warm, but after awhile many end up jammed in overcrowded public hospitals because of frostbite, or burns from passing out on the hot sewer pipes or camp fires. Amputation of the toes, feet and fingertips because of frostbite is a common occurrence.